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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 8, 2010 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 6-24-70 second show electric set

Is there a thread of this show? I spoke with David L. last April in Albany and he said that there was not a master/soundboard of this night :( Thank God for Ken L recording this; and to Mark and Jim for saving it. One of my top 5.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 8, 2010 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-24-70 second show electric set

Thanks jglynn1.2. This show is my bus stop, and I have to go. On this archive- 7 different sources, reviews on 5 of 7 sources, around 53K downloads (only AUD), 49 different reviews filled with passion, and a great history of the recording in of itself. Anyone here in attendance that evening?

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Apr 8, 2010 11:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-24-70 second show electric set

I love the recordist, Ken Lee's memories of this show...

"Reviewer: Ken Lee NYC - - December 22, 2009
Subject: Lightning in a bottle.
My Alltime favorite Dead show.

This set still makes me laugh and cry at the same time. We were almost scared at it's power once we listened to what we had captured.
I've played this night to University Professors and watched the tears roll down their cheeks at the power and majesty of the Dead at their peak.

Jerry played EVERY set, ALL night long, laughing through the whole thing, was there ever such a man such a this?

Some personal reminiscences:

At the end of "I Don't Know You", song 22, second NRPS set,someone, Marmaduke? breaks a string, complaining about having just put them on tonight.
A fan leaning over the balcony(and my tape deck) drops his hat and starts trying to get it back.
I was startled to hear my own voice step in to get that hat back and to get the area quiet again for the rest of the show.

"Hey! Some dude dropped his hat,who found it?

"Throw it up!"

Yep, that's me using my hoarse "command tone" voice to get 'er done. My kids know that tone of voice.

Ah, the explosion at the start of Me And My Uncle, which for the night, we called "Westchester Cowboy" at 1:10 (nice one Bob), was from Boots, a guy who wandered in that night, small dude with a denim jacket that said "BOOTS PYROTECHNIC SERVICES" on the back and proceeded to take the whole theater to the far reaches of the universe with exquisidly placed fireballs.

Again, during dark star listen, you can hear the audience gasp as a giant fireball rolls off his fingers to explode Dead center in the theater.

Good times, indeed.


"Shall we go, you and I while we can" at 7:14 another soft explosion and the audience can be heard laughing with delight and disbelief.
Now, to be sure, there was also a strong chemical presence at these shows. It was the times, almost mandatory. It was all good.

At 8:42 Phils drops some bombs, listen for them, you need good equipment to reproduce them, and you can hear someone saying "Oh My God!"

During the second of three Dark Stars at 5:54 another big ball of fire.

At 2:58 At the end of the third Dark Star, as we can hear St. Steven coming through the mix,
Some ecstatic fan can be heard having my face stolen:


At 3:54 while they sing "One man gathers what another man spills" a perfectly timed
huge fireball starts the drummers off precisely.

And we just kept rolling, the whole show, we were plugged into the mains and batteries were not an issue, every note is here, acoustic Dead, Two sets of New Riders, and then the Electric set. Judy had the keys to the attache case and was there faithfully to flip the tapes and keep the peace. Hitting the switch to light the power indicator now and again to make sure the power was still flowing to the deck. Batteries were in place, just in case of a power interupption, but I prefer 120 volts A.C.

At the end of the night, we both actually got paid for our participation and then home we went in my silver 1964 Mustang, listening to the fresh masters through the stereo or the headphone jacks I had installed around the inside of the car, driving into the dawn and home laughing at having caught lightning in a bottle.

Ken and Judy Lee"

An interview with David Nelson of the NRPS mentions that the NRPS requested that the promoter, Howard Stein, paint the stage purple for this show.. It was the New Riders Of The Purple Stage! It seems that the prior visit by The Grateful Dead and the NRPS in March the crew of the band had handed out LSD to the crowd... I suspect they did it this night also...

The band's next shows after this one were on The Festival Express Tour... quite a time!

For me personally, I saw The Grateful Dead for the the first time on April 3, 1970 in Cincinnati. "Uncle John's Band" had just been released as a single, and I fell in love with the Dead's music during this time!

ghostofpig might have seen these Port Chester shows. You would love all of the March and November 1970 shows at The Capitol Theatre" too if you liked this one! Arguably the best shows of 1970.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Apr 9, 2010 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-24-70 second show electric set

I had the honor and delight of being at not only these shows but all of the Capitol shows in 1970-71. This night ranks in my top ten. The music, the ambience, the weed, the times, but mostly the Dead playing their balls off.

These two runs at the Capitol are the only audience tapes I have. Not only are they great--especially for 1970--but they capture the music and the feeling of these shows brilliantly. When the Lees' tpes showed up, I was ecstatic. There had been a previous set (Marty Wienberg?) that were not as good or complete.

It's a shame that these weren't recorded on the sbd, but what we have is well worth the listen. Even for sbd purists.

And for those who devalue 1970 as a letdown after 1969--well, you be wrong.

S.D.--that Cinci show was no slouch either.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 8, 2010 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-24-70 set 2

Not sure of a specific thread - here is an old post with some info